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10 Secrets Of Success

Ken Keis, Ph.D., is a leading global authority on behavioral (personality) assessment strategies and an expert in leadership, purpose, and wellness. He is the President and CEO of Consulting Resource Group International, Inc. (CRG) which has served thousands of organizations worldwide.

Executive Contributor Dr. Ken Keis

As a Podcast Host and Guest, I've had the incredible opportunity to engage with a diverse array of successful individuals. From entrepreneurs to artists, athletes to CEO’s, each of them shared their unique journey to success. In this article, I'll outline the common threads that bind these remarkable people together. These are the qualities, beliefs, and practices that have propelled them to greatness, offering you insight into how you can enhance your own life.

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It's important to note that not every successful person I encountered embraced all these characteristics. Some seemed uneasy or lacked fulfillment despite their achievements. This underscores the fact that success isn't solely defined by external markers but also by internal contentment and peace.

I urge you not to place successful individuals on pedestals. While it's natural to admire their accomplishments, it's essential to recognize that they're human, just like you and me. We all face similar challenges and struggles in life.

In future editions, I'll delve deeper into each of these characteristics. But for now, let me share with you the Top 10 Secrets Of Success that emerged from my conversations:

1. Beliefs clarification

Successful individuals have a clear understanding of their beliefs about life's deepest questions. This foundational clarity guides their actions and decisions. Including what they believe to be true about the meaning of life. Why are we (human beings) here? For what purpose? Is there really truth? How can I discern what is true and what is false?

2. Spiritual values

Most successful people acknowledge the spiritual dimension of life and credit their spiritual beliefs as sources of strength and peace. Many defer their success to this single value—their spiritual foundations and belief system. And those who are most grounded in their spiritual values also appear to be the most at peace with themselves and others. They are not anxious or troubled by life’s challenges.

3. Purpose

They're crystal clear about their personal purpose, gifts, and passions. This clarity fuels their drive and commitment to their endeavors. As the late Dr. Dyer emphasized, understanding our purpose isn't just about career or business—it's about recognizing our calling and embracing it wholeheartedly. Individuals who align their actions with their purpose find greater fulfillment and motivation in their endeavors.

4. Openness and authenticity

Successful individuals are genuine and transparent, sharing both their triumphs and struggles to help others. This authenticity fosters trust and connection with those around them. As we've seen, being open and authentic isn't just about projecting success—it's about being real and relatable. It's this authenticity that resonates with others and inspires them to follow suit.

5. Focus and persistence

They understand that success requires unwavering focus and persistence. Long-term goals are pursued with dedication and resilience. Recent research confirms that sustained focus and persistence are key factors in achieving success. Like marathon runners, successful individuals commit to their endeavors for the long haul, refusing to be deterred by obstacles or setbacks.

6. Integrity for success

Integrity is non-negotiable for these individuals. They understand that true success is built on a foundation of honesty and ethics. In a world where integrity seems increasingly rare, successful individuals stand out for their unwavering commitment to doing what's right. They know that integrity isn't just a value—it's a cornerstone of lasting success.

7. Vision and goals

They have a clear vision of where they're headed and actively involve others in realizing that vision. This shared vision fosters collaboration and alignment within their teams. Research has shown that individuals with a compelling vision are more likely to achieve their goals and inspire others to join them on their journey.

8. Making a difference

Creating a positive impact and leaving a legacy are central to their definition of success. They understand that true fulfillment comes from making a difference in the lives of others. As research suggests, individuals who prioritize making a difference are more likely to experience a sense of purpose and fulfillment in their lives.

9. Responsibility

They take full responsibility for their circumstances and outcomes, rejecting victimhood and excuses. This mindset empowers them to take proactive steps towards their goals, rather than waiting for external forces to dictate their fate. While acknowledging external challenges, successful individuals focus on what they can control and take ownership of their actions and decisions.

10. Tithing/giving

In spite of what society might suggest, these individuals not only love to give, they are humbled and inspired by the ability to do so. This links back to the quality of wanting to make a difference. Oddly enough, their success is linked to their desire to give, not to earn. One individual stated in an interview that he wanted to be so successful, that he could live on 10% and give 90%. These are the stories that don’t make the headlines.

Now, take a moment to reflect on these secrets:

  1. Assessment: Evaluate how well you align with each of these principles.

  2. Action: Identify areas where you excel and areas that need improvement.

  3. Commitment: Make a commitment to embody these secrets in your life.

  4. Progress: Regularly review your progress and adjust accordingly.

  5. Openness: Remain open to challenging these secrets, but only after you've experienced their efficacy firsthand.

Remember, success is not a destination but a journey. By embracing these secrets, you're not only investing in your own growth, but also in the betterment of those around you. Keep living on purpose, and success will follow.


Dr. Ken Keis, Expert Leadership

Ken Keis, Ph.D., is a leading global authority on behavioral (personality) assessment strategies and an expert in leadership, purpose, and wellness. He is the President and CEO of Consulting Resource Group International, Inc. (CRG) which has served thousands of organizations worldwide. With over 4 million words of content authored, including 4 books and a dozen assessments, Dr. Keis is also a respected author, speaker, coach, mentor and media guest His latest books include: Why Aren't You More Like Me?, Deliberate Leadership, and The Quest For Purpose. An engaging public speaker, Dr. Keis has conducted over 3,000 presentations and 10,000 hours of coaching and consulting.



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